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MemberAaron L. Beek

Aaron L. Beek is a philologist and historian with two primary research areas: ancient banditry/piracy and ancient North Africa.  More broadly, he works on a swath of Middle Republic and Hellenistic events, particularly as told and remembered by imperial-era writers centuries later.  Other research interests include Plautus, Latin Patristics (especially Tertullian), and Latin epigraphy (particularly epigraphy in North Africa). He has also worked on history pedagogy, digital humanities, and text analysis.

MemberEvan Jewell

I am a Roman historian at Rutgers University – Camden (Assistant Professor of History). Prior to coming to Rutgers, I taught at Georgetown University (2019-20) and also spent a year long stint in Rome (2018-19). I received my Ph.D. from the interdepartmental Classical Studies graduate program at Columbia University in 2019, where I wrote a dissertation entitled, Youth and Power: Roman Performances of Age and Ageing from Plautus to Nero. My work examines Roman age and ageing and, in particular, the intersection of discourses about youth with the changing power relations at Rome from the birth of Plautus to the death of Nero. I am currently at work on my first monograph, based on the dissertation, which focuses on the period from 149 BCE to 68 CE. A second project, currently in its early stages, will look at non-elite spatial identities and modes of spatial perception in Roman urban contexts, as represented in both non-elite (primarily graffiti and inscriptions) and elite texts, as well as archaeological contexts and visual media. I also have strong interests in: the ancient and contemporary history of displacement, migration, and refuge–among various other varieties of mobility;  Roman art history and archaeology; Latin epigraphy; Roman space; Roman gender and sexuality; Roman villa culture; Roman oratory and politics in the Republican period; Roman colonization; Roman slavery and freedpersons; comparative histories of slavery; Greek, Roman and modern historiography.